By Vicki Shelter, Lower School Teacher
In September of 2012, I received a postcard from a previous student of mine. He was in ninth grade by then, but he had recently visited Italy with his family. He took the time to write to me about how much he remembered being in third grade and studying the Renaissance. Seeing the architecture, paintings, sculptures and culture took him back to his studies in third grade and he marveled at what he saw in person. As teachers, we hope we reach our students in a variety of different ways. To receive feedback from a student is a blessing.
Thus, one night, I sat down and wrote what I now call, “T. Vicki Shelter’s mission statement”. My mission statement was a sabbatical proposal that came from the heart and it proposed that I travel to Italy and become reacquainted with a time period that has always meant a lot to me for many reasons. I also wanted to travel to see where my family had lived for a few years.
So, suddenly, I am here! I am in wonder of everything and I look forward to sharing my travels, thoughts, photos and questions with you through this blog. I would like to answer (if I can) any questions, comments or thoughts that you may have.
In the picture, I am on top of the Duomo in Florence. I will write more about that later.